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    The 25 Best Broadway Songs About The Theater

    Sometimes the only way to articulate the actor's experience is through song. Here are some of the best examples, from classic to contemporary.

    1. "Give My Regards to Broadway"

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    From: Yankee Doodle Dandy (originally Little Johnny Jones)

    Performed by: Judy Garland

    Notable lyrics: "Whisper of how I'm yearning

    To mingle with the old time throng

    Give my regards to old Broadway

    And say that I'll be there e'er long"

    2. "I'm Still Here"

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    From: Follies

    Performed by: Elaine Stritch

    Notable lyrics: "First you're another

    Sloe-eyed vamp,

    Then someone's mother,

    Then you're camp"

    3. "Lullaby of Broadway"

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    From: 42nd Street (originally Gold Diggers of 1935)

    Performed by: Jerry Orbach and Company

    Notable lyrics: "Come on along and listen to

    The lullaby of Broadway

    The hidee hi and boopa doo,

    The lullaby of Broadway

    The band begins to go to town,

    And ev'ryone goes crazy

    You rock-a-bye your baby 'round

    And sleep all day"

    4. "As If We Never Said Goodbye"

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    From: Sunset Boulevard

    Performed by: Patti LuPone

    Notable lyrics: "I'm coming out of make-up

    The lights already burning,

    Not long until the cameras will start turning"

    5. "Let Me Be Your Star"

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    From: The TV show Smash

    Performed by: Megan Hilty

    Notable lyrics: "The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls

    Well, they're all in this girl's repertoire

    It's all for the taking,

    And it's magic we'll be making

    Let me be your star"

    6. "I Hope I Get It"

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    From: A Chorus Line

    Performed by: The Original Broadway Cast

    Notable lyrics: "Now I'll never make it!

    I'll never make it!

    He doesn't like the way I look

    He doesn't like the way I dance

    He doesn't like the way I..."

    7. "Show People"

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    From: Curtains

    Performed by: Debra Monk, David Hyde Pierce, and Company

    Notable lyrics: "You’re a special kind of people known as show people

    You live in a world of your own

    The audience paid plenty to sit there and clap

    Hearing you sing, watching you tap"

    8. "I Wanna Be a Producer"

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    From: The Producers

    Performed by: Matthew Broderick

    Notable lyrics: "I wanna be a producer

    Sport a top hat and a cane

    I wanna be a producer

    And drive those chorus girls insane!"

    9. "Climbing Uphill"

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    From: The Last Five Years

    Performed by: Colleen Ballinger

    Notable lyrics: "When I walk in the room

    There's a table of men

    Always men, usually gay

    Who've been sitting like I have

    And listening all day

    To two hundred girls

    Belting as high as they can!"

    10. "Don't Rain on My Parade"

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    From: Funny Girl

    Performed by: Barbra Streisand

    Notable lyrics: "I gotta fly once, I gotta try once

    Only can die once, right, sir?

    Ooh, life is juicy, juicy and you'll see

    I'm gonna have my bite, sir"

    11. "That's Entertainment"

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    From: The Band Wagon

    Performed by: Judy Garland

    Notable lyrics: "The lights on the lady in tights

    Or the bride with the guy by her side

    Or the ball where she gives it her all

    That's entertainment!"

    12. "Why"

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    From: Tick, Tick... Boom!

    Performed by: Raul Esparza

    Notable lyrics: When we emerged, wiped out by that play

    Nine o'clock, stars and moon lit the way

    I thought,

    Hey, what a way to spend a day"

    13. "Applause"

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    From: Applause

    Performed by: Bonnie Franklin and Company

    Notable lyrics: "And somehow you're in charge again

    And life's a ball

    Trumpets all sing, life seems to swing

    And you're the king of it all 'cause

    You've had a taste of

    The sound that says love

    Applause, applause, applause"

    14. "Cabaret"

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    From: Cabaret

    Performed by: Liza Minnelli

    Notable lyrics: "What good is sitting alone In your room?

    Come hear the music play

    Life is a cabaret, old chum

    Come to the cabaret"

    15. "The Glamorous Life"

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    From: A Little Night Music

    Performed by: Audra McDonald

    Notable lyrics: "Ordinary daughters may think life is better

    With ordinary mothers near them when they choose

    But ordinary daughters seldom get a letter enclosing reviews"

    16. "Broadway Baby"

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    From: Follies

    Performed by: Elaine Stritch

    Notable lyrics: "I'm just a

    Broadway baby

    Walking off my tired feet

    Pounding 42nd Street

    To be in a show"

    17. "Broadway, Here I Come"

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    From: The TV show Smash

    Performed by: Jeremy Jordan

    Notable lyrics: "The pressure it increases

    The closer that I get

    I could almost go to pieces

    But I'm not quite there yet"

    18. "42nd Street"

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    From: 42nd Street

    Performed by: 2001 Broadway Revival Cast

    Notable lyrics: "Hear the beat of dancing feet,

    It's the song I love the melody of,

    42nd Street"

    19. "There's No Business Like Show Business"

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    From: Annie Get Your Gun

    Performed by: Ethel Merman

    Notable lyrics: "There's no business like show business

    If you tell me it's so

    Traveling through the country is so thrilling

    Standing out in front on opening nights

    Smiling as you watch the benches filling

    And see your billing up there in lights "

    20. "It's a Business"

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    From: Curtains

    Performed by: Debra Monk and Company

    Notable lyrics: "You ask me for my motives

    Well you needn't be so smart

    It's a business

    It isn't making history

    It isn't making art

    It's a business"

    21. "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three"

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    From: A Chorus Line

    Performed by: Jessica Lee Goldyn

    Notable lyrics: "Dance: ten; looks: three

    And I'm still on unemployment,

    Dancing for my own enjoyment

    That ain't it, kid, that ain't it, kid"

    22. "Rose's Turn"

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    From: Gypsy

    Performed by: Bernadette Peters

    Notable lyrics: "Well, someone tell me, when is it my turn?

    Don't I get a dream for myself?

    Starting now it's gonna be my turn.

    Gangway, world, get off of my runway!"

    23. "Another Op'nin', Another Show"

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    From: Kiss Me, Kate

    Performed by: 1999 Broadway Revival Cast

    Notable lyrics: "Four weeks, you rehearse and rehearse,

    Three weeks and it couldn't be worse,

    One week, will it ever be right?

    Then out o' the hat, it's that big first night!"

    24. "Welcome to the Theater"

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    From: Applause

    Performed by: Lauren Bacall

    Notable lyrics: "Welcome to the theatre, to the magic, to the fun

    Where painted trees and flowers grow, and laughter rings fortissimo

    And treachery's neatly done

    Now you've entered the asylum, this profession unique

    Actors are children playing hide-and-ego-seek"

    25. "What I Did for Love"

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    From: A Chorus Line

    Performed by: 2006 Broadway Revival Cast

    Notable lyrics: "Look my eyes are dry

    The gift was ours to borrow

    It's as if we always knew,

    And I won't forget what I did for love,

    What I did for love"